Utah Planned Parenthood’s top fundraising event is this weekend in Logan. It’s the 23rd Annual Valentine Pro/Am Chocolate Festival, Saturday at 6:30 at the Bullen Center, 43 South Main. Chair of the event is Nancy Sassano, also a member of the state Planned Parenthood Board of Directors. “This is a chocolate dessert competition and fundraising auction,” said Sassano. “All kinds of people from the community as well as professional chefs create amazing chocolate desserts. They enter them, basically they donate them to the event, and they’re judged in the afternoon on Saturday. We select winners from each category and later the public comes in and gets to sample all of the goods. During the public tasting there is a silent auction of all the desserts.” At about 8:30 all winning entries are sold through a live auction. “It’s a very sensory-intense chocolate event with lots of different kinds of creative things that people come up with to inspire our tastebuds,” said Sassano. Sassano said the event raises a lot of money for Planned Parenthood. This chocolate festival is the only one in Utah for Planned Parenthood. “It started here, it’s been going on for 23 years and it’s now become their best fundraising event in the state. It’s a real tribute to the people in Cache Valley who’ve been so dedicated to it for so many years.” A team of 25 judges convenes late Saturday afternoon and goes about selecting the top three entrants in the categories of cakes, brownies, chocolates (including truffles), cookies and potpourri (any dessert which wouldn’t fall in these categories). “Anyone can access the services at the Planned Parenthood Office,” said Sassano. “People are being helped there who have low income or are without health insurance. We provide reproductive health care for women and for men in the form of preventive health care services, pap tests, contraseptive services, emergency contraception, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy testing.” The Logan Planned Parenthood Clinic is located in the Clock Tower plaza, 550 North Main, Logan.
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